NY Telehealth Bill Signed

New telehealth bill signed into law in New York will bring much-needed healthcare to rural and underserved communities and require Medicaid to reimburse telehealth service costs.

Legislation sponsored by Assembly woman Addie J. Russell that expands the availability of telehealth services and requires insurers to cover the costs of those services has been signed into law by Gov Andrew M. Cuomo.

Mrs. Russell made the announcement Thursday at a news conference at the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Service administrative building.

She said the legislation would bring much-needed healthcare to rural and underserved communities and require Medicaid to reimburse telehealth service costs. The technology is already available in many parts of the community, she said, but it would have gathered dust without a guarantee that physicians would be compensated for using it.